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Q. Coach, do you have the Ducks right where you want them, back in Anaheim down 3-1?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: We have to win a game here if we have a chance in this series. At any rate, we have to win a game here. That’s the position we’ve put ourselves in after Game 1 and 2 and so tonight is an opportunity.
Q. What do you have to do tonight that’s different? Or just really play like you did in period one of -
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: That’s the key, play 60 minutes. I’m not sure what happened in second period. We had breakdowns, gave up odd-man opportunities, two of them, and they took advantage of it. And I think that’s the thing that we try to impress upon our players more than anything, is that play the way you’re supposed to play, play your position, and if they beat you, it will be because of good play rather than plays that we’ve allowed them to make.
And I think all the goals the other night were exactly that reasoning.
from Scotty Bowman at NBC Sports,
The Ducks are one win from the Stanley Cup. When you get down to needing one to win, it’s all the outside stuff that you need to shut out. You’ve got a lot of good-meaning people, friends and relatives who are planning the Stanley Cup party, but they’re not the ones on the ice. So it works two ways, it puts pressure, but it provides motivation for them to finish it
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators might have won at least three games in a row on 11 separate occasions this year, but the sticking point in doing it a 12th time is none of those three-game streaks were against the Anaheim Ducks.
Also working against the Senators digging out of a 3-1 hole in the Stanley Cup final—it would be only the second time a team has done it—is, well, the Senators are the other team.
They are exactly where they deserve to be in this Stanley Cup final because they have managed to play but four good periods in four games and when you are playing in June, that ratio means your summer will be spent lowering your handicap and wondering what if, not raising the Stanley Cup and relishing what was.
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
But nowhere is Don Metz to be found.
Metz, of course, would be 91 now if he were still playing, but if some modern equivalent of the sleek and slim winger from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, could lace them up for Game 5, there might be a chance.
Don Metz, history will show, did not dress for the first three games of the 1942 Stanley Cup final. His Toronto Maple Leafs were down three games to none against the powerful Detroit Red Wings and seemed almost certain to be swept in four straight.
Toronto goaltender Turk Broda had lost all confidence, saying the Wings were “unbeatable — they’re too hot.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
There likely will be a celebration at city hall some time in the next week or so to honour the Senators for winning the Eastern Conference championship, but is that really a reason to whoop it up?
These aren’t the Edmonton Oilers, who stole the hearts of the country with their heroic run last spring and forced the Carolina Hurricanes to a seventh game in the final.
If, as expected, the Anaheim Ducks win the opportunity to parade the Stanley Cup through Disneyland, the Senators will spend the summer wondering what went wrong and where they need to improve.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What they said…
“No, not at all.”—Alfredsson when asked if he thought his shooting the puck at Niedermayer motivated the Ducks in the third period of Game 4.
What they meant…
“I thought it was Samuel Pahlsson.”
you’ll catch on fast if you read more...
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Whatever you may think about what Alfredsson did, it was an incident that was born out of frustration or anger at how his team was playing. Maybe it’s time that the Ottawa Senators show everyone what they are made of and rally around their captain, win a game in Anaheim and send the series back to Ottawa. After they do that then they can say “don’t talk about our captain like that.”
fro the CP via TSN,
‘I’d love to re-sign here,’’ said Giguere. ‘‘This is a team that’s going to be good for many years. You want to be part of a team like that. It’s well-run.; it’s well-owned; it’s well-coached. This would be my No. 1 pick.
‘‘There are many reasons: I’ve got my house here, I feel very comfortable around here. My son’s doctors are all around here, at UCLA. There are many reasons why I would want to sign here. Is it going to happen? Hey - I don’t have a (crystal) ball. We’ll see.’‘
more and numerous other SCF bits…
from the Christian Science Monitor,
No matter which hockey club embraces the Stanley Cup – and there could be trophy-hugs as early as Wednesday night – one particular breed of fan is more than likely to crack a broken-toothed smile: the Canadian one.
While the Senators of Ottawa could become the first Canadian team since the Canadiens of Montreal in 1993 to win the Cup, the Ducks of Anaheim have more Canadians on the roster – 18 – than any other National Hockey League team. And the Ducks have, with the help of the Sens, rejuvenated the so-called “North American” – really Canadian – style of play: heavy-hitting, intimidating, and opportunistic.
from SportsYa (Spain),
Todd Marchant assisted on Andy McDonald. The latter made use of his ability to avoid defense, and he swoop over goaltender Ray Emery. Some minutes later, along came Anaheim’s second score.
Over a speedy attack, and after receiving Rob Niedermayer’s service, McDonald played up on an rival defender, nailing Emery. After that, the Californians twisted the board.
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